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Monday 23 April 2018

It's Wilson to the rescue

Bournemouth 3 West Ham 3

Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. Pic: Reuters
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. Pic: Reuters

A controversial stoppage-time goal salvaged a 3-3 draw for Bournemouth against West Ham in a thrilling encounter at Dean Court.

Callum Wilson was credited with the Cherries' third after he had the final touch as Nathan Ake headed goalwards. There was a suspicion of offside but referee Bobby Madley eventually awarded the equaliser after a lengthy conversation with assistant Simon Long.

Wilson's disputed effort cancelled out a brace from Hammers forward Marko Arnautovic that had David Moyes' travelling side expecting victory.

Arnautovic took his tally to five goals in as many games with his late double, the first of which came after Asmir Begovic's slip when attempting a regulation clearance.

The Austria forward then slotted home after Begovic could only redirect Javier Hernandez's effort, as West Ham looked set to steal the win.

Wilson's goal sparked raucous home celebrations, and doubtless some relief in Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

The breathless draw preserved the status quo at the foot of the Premier League table, with West Ham still sitting outside the drop zone, one place ahead of the Cherries.

Despite the draw Bournemouth equalled their worst winless Premier League run, as they moved to eight league matches without victory.

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